An undocumented Harvard student self deports himself and his dying Mom to seek alternative treatment in Mexico. The story received national attention because he was not allowed to return to the United States, even with his DACA status. He filmed their experience and started the film as his thesis at Harvard, where it received top honors. Spanish with English subtitles.
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Ryan RuizFernando Guerrero
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Jocelyn BarajasReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Touching Film by an Inspiring Filmmaker
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I first heard about this film because it was being screened on a weekday at the Multicultural Center at UCSB. Since I had some free time on the day of the screening, I decided to go watch it to support a fellow Hispanic filmmaker. It was a spontaneous decision but I'm extremely glad I took the time to go see it because it was one of my favorite films I've ever seen. I would describe the film as a very nostalgic and emotional journey. There were a lot of very funny and charming moments as the family interacted with one another; however, there were also plenty of heartbreaking and intimate moments that reminded me of my humanity and the fleeting nature of life. After the screening of the film, the director talked to us about how he edited the film according to emotions, an idea I found very interesting and which resulted in a visually engaging and thematically complex film. Speaking of the film's themes, I found the film to be one that is very necessary in today's world. Although it revolves somewhat around the theme of immigration, it remains very relatable through its equally important themes of family and mortality. It is important to see diverse directors tell stories that are personal yet communicate universal human experiences that remind us of the things that unite us despite our differences. Overall, this is a great film made by a very intelligent and kind director who I got to meet. I suggest recommending this to your family and people you know as it's important for people to support independent films like this.
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Thais RodriguezReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2019
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Please watch this film<3
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I read about Dario's story in my Immigration, Gender, and Social Justice class at Georgetown University. Around the same time, we learned about Dario's film project about his mother. Last-minute, my professor decided to dedicate half of our two hours and a half seminar to watch Dario's film since it was tied to the subject of the class. As a first-generation and low-income student from California, I have never been inside a classroom setting at Georgetown where I felt heard, understood, and vulnerable all at the same time until this moment where my class and I saw this film together. This film felt like my community and my immigrant background was being represented for the first time in a truly meaningful way. This film is honest, heartfelt, and true to so many people with intersectional identities, and I feel as though Dario did an outstanding job in highlighting what it's like to be an immigrant in the United States.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2020
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Don't miss this moving and powerful film!
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This film is beautiful in so many ways. It was so intimate, honest, and real, and it felt like we were in the room with the filmmaker's family. It was heart wrenching and powerful. I watched it with a group and there were a lot of tears shed during the film and we were all left speechless after it ended. The film is so timely and offers a touching human story against a backdrop of inhumane rhetoric and policy in this country. Everyone should see this film. It might help turn the tide.
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BibiReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
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El amor más puro y genuino/The most pure and genuine love
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The truest versions of a Mexican family and the undeniable love we share as a family. I cried remembering and reminiscing of my parents and their desire for my success in this great country. The true struggle, grit, and dedication of Roció as she fights for her family and her life. What an inspiration and true example of a mother’s bond with her children. Que inspiración y gran lucha del amor que no tiene fronteras.
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AlexReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must watch film by independent filmmaker
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A beautiful, intimate film about family, life, death, and immigration. It's raw, moving, and thought-provoking. The film seamlessly weaves together old home-video footage with the director's current home-video footage as he aids his ill mother, and it sets this deeply personal story in the context of a national immigration debate without delving into the politics. You don't see films like this anymore. An hour well-spent.
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Matthew StumpReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
True and close to my reality
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I see a lot of my background in the environments in this film. Aside from my connections to the culture, the film is amazing at making you feel a part of the moment and of the family. Great messages of love and also that of action in the problems in today's immigration policies.
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Nidia AmbrizReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
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Love stronger than politics
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This story hits home to me. Lost my mom, DACA recipient and achieved success through the love and support of my family. A genuine family love through unforseen struggles.
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B JEReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2019
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A great story masterfully told.
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A moving story beautifully told. This film is so relevant to our troubled times. Dario could have fallen into a narrow autobiographical exercise, but he achieved a narrative stile that is nuanced and artistic, full of surprises and even much needed humor at the right moments. He deserves all the awards and unanimous praise his film is receiving.
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